When you use a standard thermometer on small children, they're not thrilled. All the squirming, screaming, crying and/or flailing make three minutes seem like three hours and sometimes means, in the end, having to guess whether or not it's a fever.
Those ear thermometers at the pediatrician's office are a breath of fresh air -- and you can get one for a reasonable price! Unfortunately those affordable glimpses of heaven tend to be way off in their measurements -- nothing like the high-quality instrument the doctor uses. More than one child has been driven to the emergency room with what turns out to be a temperature of 100.
An off-the-shelf ear thermometer that works would be sweet.
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